The school day

is from

8:50 a.m. 

to 4:05 p.m.

Grab -n-Go Breakfast


Come and enjoy a free hot or cold breakfast each day at Castelar. South doors by the playground open at 8:35 am so your student may enter the cafeteria. Students grab a breakfast and go to their classrooms to eat. 

We encourage ALL of our students to take advantage of this free and nutritious option. 

Staff are unable to supervise until 8:35 am. Please do not drop students off early. Do not allow them to play on the playground. 

NOTE: ONLY students who attend Castelar Elementary are eligible to eat breakfast. Breakfast items can be purchased.

Upon arrival at school

From 8:35 am - 8:50 am, please enter through the south doors by the playground. 

The school day begins at 8:50 am. 

Students who are tardy arriving after 8:50 am will enter through the main doors and check in at the office for a tardy slip.


For the safety of the students and staff we cannot allow for people to wait inside the building prior to dismissal.

Please remain outside the school building until dismissal at 4:05 pm unless you need to visit the office.

Please use the designated crosswalks with students. If picking up in a car, please follow the flow of traffic. 

*Do not park in the bus lanes in front of the school. 

*Do not cross in the middle of the street. 

*Follow the One Way Traffic Signs 

Pre-K- Dismissed at 3:55 pm at the south doors.

Dismissal Pick-Up Locations

*All Kindergarten students are picked up on the playground near soccer field

*1st Grade students -- near the main entrance doors on 18th St

*2nd Grade students -- SE corner of the school building on 18th St

*Miss Modica, Mrs. A. Hill, Mrs. Mefford – SE corner of building by parking lot

*3rd DL, 4th DL, Mrs. Quintana, & Mrs. Parker – northeast corner on 18th St.

*5th Grade – SE corner of building by parking   

**Please do not block doors**


All students should be in their seat ready to begin their day when the 8:50 a.m. bell rings.

All children who are not in their classroom by the 8:50 a.m. bell will be counted tardy.

It is important for the academic success of your child to arrive on time each day. Tardy minutes or leaving early minutes add up and count toward absences.


Please call the school office at


if your child is absent.

If the office does not hear from a parent/ guardian they will call home.

Excused absences include illness, doctor appointments, or berevement.

Please refrain from allowing your child to be absent for an other reason. Other absences or unreported absences are considered unexcused. Attendance is vital to your child's academic success.


Upon arrival, all visitors to Castelar Elementary

must enter through the main doors on 18th street

and check in at the school office to get a visitor pass.

It is for the safety of our staff and students.

We thank you in advance

for your cooperation and flexibility

as we implement

these procedures to ensure

the safety of our students.